Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What the Heck is an A1C???


On my blog I seem to mention the term A1C a lot. But I am pretty sure the majority of you who do not have diabetes has absolutely no idea what that even means. A1c or hb A1c is an average of your blood sugars for the past three months. It is important to know your A1c because it can tell you what your chances are of getting heart disease, as well as, your chances of getting diabetes. If your A1c is 5.6 or below you are all in the clear for diabetes. If your A1c is 5.7 – 6.4 you are considered pre-diabetic and your chances are getting diabetes is near. Most diabetics should shoot to be at a 7 or lower. Diabetics who are out of control are at a 9 or higher. Every time your A1c increases your chances for heart disease increases as well, which is why it is important to keep it in a normal range.

The chart below is from the Mayo Clinic and explains where your average blood sugar level is for each percent. Currently I am a 7.4 putting me a little above a 150 average. (the normal range is 100-120). Where is your A1c?



A1C level
Average blood sugar level
5 percent
80 mg/dL (4.4 mmol/L)
6 percent
120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L)
7 percent
150 mg/dL (8.3 mmol/L)
8 percent
180 mg/dL (10 mmol/L)
9 percent
210 mg/dL (11.7 mmol/L)
10 percent
240 mg/dL (13.3 mmol/L)
11 percent
270 mg/dL (15 mmol/L)
12 percent
300 mg/dL (16.7 mmol/L)
13 percent
333 mg/dL (18.5 mmol/L)
14 percent
360 mg/dL (20 mmol/

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